The Patina of an Old Cowboy

His skin like the patina of worn out leather,
burnt and cracked from many hours in the sun.
Across the wide plains in the hot Texas weather,
he rode tall in the saddle to get the job done.

North to Kansas City on this last cattle drive;
then back down to Fort Worth he hoped to survive.

Weary and tired from his night spent under the stars,
as he pushes the dogies along the Chisolm Trail;
across the dusty open range, pristine with no scars,
unlike the plains today, fenced and crowded and frail.

On his last cattle drive for the Goodnight Ranch,
heading up north across the Red River branch.

This proud crusty cowboy, way back in the day,
rode with Jack Hays at the Battle of Plum Creek,
when Buffalo Hump’s Comanches went down in dismay,
now just an old timer, tired and grey and weak.

This last cattle drive before his spurs are hung,
this cowboy’s patina, the legend of which songs are sung.


June 29, 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/10/2018 12:40:00 PM
Just wonderful, John! What a picture you paint with your words. A little sad and yet beautiful. Congrats on your placement in the contest too.
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/11/2018 6:12:00 AM
Thank you so much, Carole, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/8/2018 9:40:00 PM
Back with congratulations on your awesome win! Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/9/2018 6:19:00 AM
Thank you, Eve.
Date: 7/8/2018 5:38:00 PM
Congratulations John. Very well written. I felt like I was watching the cowboy through his journey.
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Date: 7/8/2018 7:27:00 PM
Thanks, Haley, glad you enjoyed it. Growing up in Texas I was always fascinated with the cowboy life even though I was a city slicker. John
Date: 7/7/2018 8:18:00 PM
Back to congratulate you again for another win. Well done!
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Date: 7/7/2018 8:23:00 PM
Thank you so much, Susan, I appreciate your support. John
Date: 7/7/2018 7:29:00 AM
Back with more congrats, John.
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Date: 7/7/2018 8:14:00 AM
Thanks again, Line, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/5/2018 7:10:00 PM
Hi John, You have expressed the life of a cowboy very well in this well written piece. Congratulations on your placement in the contest. It was well deserved -Alexis
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Date: 7/6/2018 4:15:00 AM
Thank you, Alexis, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/4/2018 10:37:00 PM
Congratulations on your win with this cowboy story and cattle drives. Enjoyed it immensely!
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Date: 7/5/2018 4:13:00 AM
Thank you so much, Susan, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/4/2018 10:14:00 PM
Congrats on your well deserved win, John.
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Date: 7/5/2018 4:10:00 AM
Thanks, Line, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/4/2018 5:03:00 PM
I like this poem. You have expressed the moments of a cowboy, perfectly. I see that you have won in a contest. Congratulations John. :) Brandy
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/4/2018 8:56:00 PM
Thanks, Brandy, I’m glad you like it and thanks for taking the time to read my poetry. John
Date: 7/4/2018 2:42:00 PM
Wonderful poem, John.. excellent .. Congratulations on your win... Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/4/2018 7:01:00 PM
Thanks Eve, a appreciate it. John
Date: 7/4/2018 10:08:00 AM
Very nice detail in your poem. Congratulations on your win John.
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Date: 7/4/2018 10:31:00 AM
Thank you for your comments and visit, Robert, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/3/2018 10:27:00 PM
Such a rich and dynamic portrayal of an old cowboy, John. The imagery of the patina he wore and how he acquired it is beautifully expressed. Congratulations on your excellent win. Warmest wishes my friend. ~Susan
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/4/2018 6:20:00 AM
Thank you so much, Susan, I appreciate your support and encouragement. John
Date: 7/3/2018 3:22:00 PM
I'm seeing many patina poems that did not make the winners' list. I did not check if your name was on it, but I sure hope so. I really liked yours!!
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/4/2018 5:50:00 AM
Thai you, Andrea, I’m glad you enjoyed it. When I first posted it I had very few comments, I thought it must not be very good. John
Date: 7/3/2018 2:47:00 PM
I know first hand of the patina, so rich by the sun that a cowboy wears! I have written many poems about my Dad ...who was a horseman (cowboy) until the day he died. Your poem rang my bell because of his journey. Well done, John ! :)
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/3/2018 9:25:00 PM
Thanks so much, Carrie, I appreciate it. You must have so many wonderful stories of your father’s days as a horseman. John
Date: 7/3/2018 2:20:00 PM
This is really, really wonderful, John. Takes me back to my boyhood when I sat watching Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, et al., and all I wanted to be was a cowboy. Sigh. Excellent, excellent poem. A FAVE of mine for sure! Best always, Gershon
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/3/2018 6:27:00 PM
Thanks so much, Gershon. I watched all those same shows as well; a few years ago I started reading a lot of Texas history books and found that many of the plots of those old westerns were based on actual events. Texas has a fascinating history. Thanks for the fave as well. John
Date: 7/2/2018 9:11:00 AM
I find "patina" poems this week are great. I have just read Andrea's. This one of yours is wonderful. The subject is very difficult to handle. You have done it prodigiously. Much thanks.Regards>Rajat
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/2/2018 2:16:00 PM
Thanks so much, Rajat, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/1/2018 1:43:00 AM
A well penned tribute to an old cowboy, John. Remindem me of some of the great western movies of yesteryear. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/1/2018 6:16:00 AM
Thanks, T.J, I appreciate your comments and support. John
Date: 6/29/2018 9:52:00 PM
John, enjoyed your clever and creative work!
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/29/2018 10:24:00 PM
Thanks, Lyric Man, I appreciate it. John
Date: 6/29/2018 8:34:00 PM
oh, a patina I did not know about!! I have an idea for this one but I have to actually sit down and TRY it. I think mine will be different from anyone else's . Though not necessarily better, that's for sure. Yours is VERY good. Hope to see it on the winners' list.
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Date: 6/29/2018 9:03:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea, wow I’m anxious to read yours now, I thought considering an old person to have a patina was pretty unique. Thanks for the visit. John